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Voice is a form of the verb to show whether the subject acts or is acted upon. There are two types of voices, active and passive. The active voice shows that the subject acts. The passive voice shows that the subject is acted upon. For example, in the sentence "dogs bite boys," "dogs" is the subject, and the verb "bite" is active voice because it shows that the subject acts. In contrast, in the sentences "boys are bitten by dogs," "boys" is the subject, and the verb "are bitten" is passive voice because it shows that the subject is acted upon.

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